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Tantra City Retreat - Intimacy with Life (ENG)

  • Odessa Amsterdam Veemkade 259 Amsterdam, NH, 1019 Netherlands (map)

Intimacy -
That very word can bring expansion & openness to our being, a soft tender embrace to the heart. Or … terror and fear.
Yet what does it mean? In the deepest sense?
What does it mean to you?

What if we told you that …
→ true intimacy could be a doorway to your true nature?
→ that you can go deeper into intimacy with yourself, your partner and existence itself? Deeper than you have ever dreamed of?
→ that a boundless expression of your sensual nature is your birth right?
→ shedding shame, guilt and conditioning is not only possible but is within your reach?
→ you can find total ecstasy and complete rest in the intimacy with every moment?
→ your true orgasmic potential, the freedom within, is already right here and now?
Would you believe it? Are you willing to find out?

The earth, the sun, the stars… all are patiently waiting for you to open your eyes and WAKE UP!

This Intimacy with Life retreat will be ground breaking in the most intimate and subtle, yet radical way. We will explore what the concept of ‘intimacy’ means to us. You will be invited to redefine your relationship to concepts you have built around intimacy, sexuality, brotherhood, sisterhood & Self love. We will use our body, our voice, our story, our truth, to bring to light what ‘keeps us from love with ourselves, our partner, our community, and the Divinity in all.

Yes! After great success of the ‘Unveiling Intimacy’ City Retreat of last December, we are very excited to be back on the Odessa with the extended 5-day version titled: ‘Intimacy with Life’. This retreat is an invitation to drop old concepts and stand even more naked in the face of Truth, Love and Freedom itself. All that remains is to find the obstacles that keep us from recognizing that fully.

We welcome those that are familiar in the field, but also those of you that are new and have a genuine curiosity.

What to expect?
→ Silent and Active Meditations (from various traditions; Osho, Hridaya, Kundalini)
→ Sharing Circles
→ Men & Women circles
→ Sacred Sexuality
→ Touch & Partnerwork
→ Group exercises
→ Breathwork
→ Voice Dialogue / Constellations
→ Tantric Ritual
→ Four nights of Ecstatic Dance!

This 5-day Intensive Retreat contains elements and various practices, such as; Osho, Sky Dancing Tantra, Tibetan Tantra, Hridaya Yoga, 5Rhythms, NVC, Authentic Relating, Sufism, traditional Tantra and Non-Dual teachings.

In this Odessa City retreat, we create a safe space for you to unlock your aliveness and step into your full potential. We will explore intimacy, sexual energy and concepts, but here won't be explicit sexual activity or (full) nudity.

You’re taken good care of, you will land in a safe haven with a group of likeminded participants, with an experienced team of assistants to support your process and yummilicious food to comfort your stomach-soul.
We welcome you wholeheartedly!

To accommodate for this journey to be truly expanding and deep diving into the universe of intimacy, two beautiful teachers unite forces. Your main facilitators will be Chris van der Weide and Ori Dahan.

Chris van der Weide (NL) →

During years of traveling, Chris has had the privilege to study and work with some of the finest spiritual and movement pioneers in the world and consequently incorporates aspects of Eastern Philosophy, Sufism, Yoga, meditation, SkyDancing Tantra, and a diverse range of various practices in her teaching. She recently chose The Netherlands as her base to pass through her experience via workshops, retreats and private sessions. Her teachings aim to create an alive encounter between inner and outer. As above so below. This dualistic human experience on earth versus the infinite divinity of existence, yourself and the other.

About the path of Tantra she says:
‘This path of Tantra has certainly shifted my paradigm, every step upon it seems to shake my reality in a way that is absolutely ravishing and deliciously liberating.’

Ori Dahan (ISR) →

Ori has been a student and practitioner of various styles of yoga, meditation, and personal work with a variety of teachers and institutes around the globe. He has spent time specifically diving into the depths of Tantra yoga, self enquiry, and the paths of both traditional Tantra and neo-Tantra. He has spent times in Buddhist monasteries, living in an Osho ashram, and immersed in the Vedantic (non-dual) teachings. He embraces movement and dance as a main practice for self-expression, somatic healing, and the coming together of shiva and shakti, Yin and Yang. For the past few years he has been teaching meditation, yoga, Tantra & Tantric yoga.

But, when asked what it is that he shares and teaches he answers:
‘I am a “teacher of Love.” I simply aspire to support people in identifying and removing blockages that stand in the way of that Love. My mission is to help each and every person to deepen in Love with oneself, Love with the other, and Love with God, whatever that is to him/her… I deeply believe that in order to experience Oneness, one must be immersed in the fullness of the present experience.’

Organisator – Joris van der Geest
About six years ago, Joris discovered tantra. He followed his curiosity and tried whatever came into his path. This eventually developed into a desire to share this experience by organising and facilitating tantra retreats, workshops and festivals. In organising tantra retreats, his intention is to co-operate with meaningful facilitators to create a safe space, enabling wisdom to be passed-on through experience.

• Location
This retreat is presented by the urban paradise Odessa. Odessa is a conscious vegan art ship where city and nature are intertwined, a platform for conscious events and communities. The location, surrounded by water, will give an extra juicy vibe to the retreat and includes a Spa deck with hot tub and sauna to relax during the breaks and after the sessions.

• Schedule
The retreat will be a full 5 days journey into consciousness:
09.30 First Session
13.00 Lunch
14.30 Second Session
17.30 Break & Diner
19.30 Ecstatic Dance, hot tub and sauna
22.00 End of Ecstatic Dance (ship closes at 23.45)
* Sunday the program ends at 17.30. Sleeping at the boat is not possible. Lunch and dinner are included.

• Vegan Food
A vegan chef will prepare daily lunch and dinner for all participants. This food is not only healthy and delicious, it also prepared with love and care and with ingredients that will support you in your journey.

• Registration
Early Explorer: 385,- (until 31 March 2019)
Regular Explorer: 465,- (until 12 May 2019)
Late Explorer’s: 535,-

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perhaps the stars are not stars at all
perhaps they are star-shaped cracks in the vastness
through which streams the light of ourselves
in this intimacy
there is no distance
~ Jeff Foster